We have all seen the ups and downs of former RHOBH star Kim Richards, and with her life now she says she feels “amazing.”
Kim has talked about how she has turned to Skydog Ranch to help her maintain her sobriety. So much so that Skydog’s owner Clare Staples is even Kim’s sponsor and mentor.
Kim talked about her experiences at the Skydog Ranch.
“When I’m here and when I leave here, I feel, I can’t describe it. When I’m here, I’m in it. I feel amazing. The horses make me feel so good. I feel like I’m a part of something so huge and I know I’m making a difference. It’s such a big picture of what’s happening and the changes happening and how they (the animals here) make me feel. There are no words to describe how I feel when I’m with the horses. When I leave here, it’s like I’m in another world. I get this incredible feeling and I can’t wait to come back.”
The next question to Kim was about how coming to the Skydog Ranch has helped with her recovery process.
“A lot. My recovery has been amazing and I love how I feel. This has been a huge part of it and has helped me a lot. The Sanctuary keeps me grounded and keeps me at peace and it’s healthy for me. It’s been amazing for me and me coming here has really been a major part of keeping me sober. I think the other part of it has been having my grandson this year. That’s been a big part of my recovery process as well. Between working here with Clare and the horses and my family they’ve kept me grounded- how much healthier could I get?!
This new lifestyle of mine does not fit in with the old lifestyle (laughs) and this new lifestyle is beautiful and this place has been a huge part of my sobriety and my recovery process. Honestly, my sobriety kind of came with it- with spending so much time here. It just happened naturally.
Yeah, I found something healthy and beautiful to put myself in to, which doesn’t leave much room for the negative stuff. This has 100 percent been very therapeutic for me. Being here helps me get out of my head. When you’re constantly hands-on with something so beautiful and you’re so busy with it there really isn’t any time for negativity and bullshit. I just come in everyday and ride my horse.”
Have Kim’s kids or sisters come to see her at the Ranch?
“Well, my one daughter just had her baby and he’ll be one next month. The kids haven’t made it out here to the ranch, Kimberly has been here but Brooke and Whitney have not. They definitely will though. My daughter Kimberly and my son Chad have been here. My older girls have not and actually I’m working on a little something- I am planning a fundraiser here and planning to get my family involved. Let’s just say someone in my family will be singing wink wink and someone else from the family will be planning it so the whole family will be there for that. Something big is happening!”
Kim says that she has been coming to the Ranch for “a year and a half, but Clare and I knew each other a little before that.”
Kim talks about how she has found herself since coming to the Ranch.
“I do, you can’t not find yourself here with the horses and the animals. There is something about it and it gives me self-confidence and self-worth because sometimes people lose themselves and coming here gives me that self-confidence and self-worth that for a long time I thought I lost. Going through sobriety and being a part of this gives you back a huge piece of who you are. I’ve been given back that piece and I am Kim now. It feels amazing. Honestly, seeing these horses transform and feel love and watching them feel safe and happy- there’s not a feeling like it. To see the horses come in so scared and then months later see them be happy and feel loved and come over to me, there’s no feeling in the world like it. Every day that I’m here and every time I see them, they come to me and they feel good and I feel good and there’s just something between us and it makes me want to be here again and again and it makes me want to do more and help out more. It’s just the most amazing feeling and I want to enlighten the world on it.”
The last question from E! News is about what has helped Kim maintain her sobriety.
“Being a part of Skydog and Clare coming into my life, oh my gosh I’m going to cry, has probably been one of the most amazing things. She’s my best friend and I love her so much. She’s really been so helpful through it all. And also I have four amazing kids and having my grandson come into my life this last year has changed by world. He has lit up my life. My kids- I still enjoy being a mother as much as I did the day they were born. I still have so much fun with my kids. My daughter is married as you know and each of my kids has a significant other that makes them very happy. To me, seeing my kids have these amazing people in their life, we just went on a family trip together and to see all my kids with somebody special in their life is so rewarding. It’s so rewarding to see each of them with people who they love so much and having people love them back. Seeing my grandson and seeing all my kids with their significant other is so much fun. And for me to have this amazing life here with these horses, I feel complete. I really do. I have amazing friends, I have these amazing kids and their significant others and my grandson. I know that God has more out there for me but my life is so good today. It really is, I just want to share that last part about how I feel- life is good today. Between my children, my friends, my grandson, my life here, I just feel very blessed and very grateful.”
We are so happy for Kim!
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